A biweekly podcast describing how submarines came into being and evolved into the hyper-quiet weapon they are today.
From the first myths and legends through the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution, right on through World War I, World War II, the Cold War to today, A History Of Submarines tells the story of how inventors and dreamers defied the laws of physics and persevered in the face of death in order to finally construct the first working submarine that took people below water and back up again. Some succeeded; many died.
From pipe dream to one of the most feared machines known to man, with enough firepower to destroy entire fleets and cities within minutes: the submarine is a deadly weapon that decides wars and the fates of entire nations.
How it came to be is what A History Of Submarines is all about.
The linear main storyline tells you all you need to know about the history of the submarine. Later, supplementals on key inventors, battles, campaigns, ground-breaking designs and some myth busting will be added.
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Episode 7.2: To The Brink and Back (Cold War)
On October 27, 1962, amid the Cuban Missile Crisis, one submarine almost started Armageddon.
Episode 7.1: A Different Ball Game (Cold War)
While the USSR flushed the seas with incredible numbers of submarines, in the US one Hyman G. Rickover pushed the navy into going nuclear and set up USS Nautilus to become the first submarine to traverse the North Pole submerged. Meanwhile, the Soviets had their own breakthroughs - ICBMs, SSBNs, SLBMs and, of course, Sputnik. But opposite that the Americans set up SOSUS, a revolution by itself.
For more in Hyman G. Rickover, see https://ahistoryofsubmarines.com/blogs/hyman-g-rickover-father-of-the-us-nuclear-navy/
For more on Sergei Korolev, see https://ahistoryofsubmarines.com/blogs/sergei-korolev-rocket-man/
Episode 7: A New World (Cold War)
From the ashes of World War II rose the two new big boys on the block: the USSR and the United States. And they both knew that submarines would play a pivotal role in any World War III...
Episode 6: Out With The Old, In With The New (World War 2)
Yes, submarines can help end wars - when used properly. No, not you, Dönitz! Plus, a bone-chilling story.
Episode 5.9: Revolutions (World War 2)
The incredible war stories of Dudley Morton and Robert O'Kane exemplified how much the US submarine fleet in the Pacific changed in war.
Episode 5.8: Choking Tokyo (World War 2)
While things took a turn for the worse for Karl Dönitz and his U-boats in the Atlantic, in the Pacific the US Silent Service was now lead by one Charles Lockwood, who desired to choke Japan into submission.